This Great Thanksgiving Prayer was produced by the Church Worship Committee, using an ecumenical source.
God be with you.
And also with you.
Lift up your hearts.
We lift them up to God.
Let us give thanks to God our Maker.
It is right to give him thanks and praise.
Blessed are you, strong and faithful God.
From the beginning your Word has summoned light and life.
You give us breath and speech,
That all the living
Might find a voice to sing your praise.
Introduction to Sanctus
So now, with all the powers of heaven and earth,
we chant the endless hymn of your glory:
Holy, holy, holy, God of power and might,
Heaven and earth are full of your glory.
Hosanna in the highest.
Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Hosanna in the highest.
All holy God,
how wonderful is the work of your hands!
You restore the beauty of your image
when sin has scarred the world.
As a loving parent you gather your children.
You fill them with longing
For a peace that will last
And for a justice that will never fail.
For them you raised up Jesus, the living bread,
in whom ancient hungers are satisfied.
Healing the sick
Though bound to suffer pain,
Offering life to the world
Though doomed to die,
Jesus in self-surrender
Proved love stronger than death.
Creator God, let your Holy Spirit move in power over us
and over our earthly gifts of bread and wine,
that they may become for us the body and blood of Christ.
Let us remember together the story of his suffering love:
On the night before he met with death,
Jesus came to table with those he loved,
And blessed you, God of all creation;
He broke the bread among his disciples
Take this, all of you, and eat it
This is my body which will be given up for you.
When supper was ended,
He took a cup of wine
And gave thanks to you, God of all creation;
He passed it among his disciples
Take this, all of you, and drink from it
This is the cup of my blood,
The blood of the new and everlasting covenant.
It will be shed for you and for all
To bring forgiveness.
Do this in memory of me.
Let us proclaim the mystery of faith:
Christ has died,
Christ is risen,
Christ will come again.
God of love, we commemorate the love of Jesus
whom death could not bind
but who rose from the grave
and sits exalted in glory on the throne of creation.
As the splendour of this love breaks in upon us,
May it find us
Ever watchful in prayer,
Strong to respond,
And faithful to the breaking of the bread.
Gather us into communion with all your people.
Then, at last, will all creation be one
And all divisions healed;
And we shall sing your praise
United for ever in the name of Jesus Christ.
in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
All glory and honour is yours,
for ever and ever.